Departs 29 August 2020
An inclusive safari of a lifetime! This bucket-list trip will allow you to tick off many of East Africa’s ‘must do’ experiences, including wildlife spotting in the beautiful Tarangire National Park, a visit to Ngorongoro Crater – an ancient inverted volcano that is home to a myriad of wildlife, and the world famous Serengeti National Park and Masai Mara Reserve – both of which may offer you a chance to witness the ‘Great Migration’, where every year, millions of zebra, wildebeest and other antelope migrate across the mighty plains of East Africa in search of better grazing. To witness this wild wonder on the plains of the Serengeti or crossing the rivers to the Masai Mara is a remarkable experience. The tour concludes with the exotic ‘spice island’ of Zanzibar, including a visit to Stone Town with a riveting history of its own.
We highly recommend taking the opportunity to enjoy Gorilla trekking in Uganda prior to the tour if this is an option for you – a life changing wildlife encounter like no other where you will hike through Bwindi Impenetrable Forest to find the rare mountain gorillas.
Sat 29: Auckland > Doha Meet your host and fellow travellers and fly to Doha where you will spend 2 nights.
Sun 30: Doha (B) We enjoy a half day tour including a drive along the Doha Corniche, visit to the Museum of Islamic art, shopping for trinkets at the Souq Waqif, and finally a visit to the Golden Mosque. Remainder of today to rest and enjoy the hotel facilities.
Mon 31: Doha > Kilimanjaro > Arusha (B) Fly to Kilimanjaro Airport. Transfer to Arusha for overnight.
Tue 01: Arusha > Tarangire National Park (B,L,D) Travel by road to Tarangire National Park, famous for its large herds of elephants in the hundreds, superb birdlife and giant baobab trees.
Wed 02: Tarangire National Park (B,L,D) Enjoy optional bush walks and game drives with your expert guides.
Thu 03: Tarangire National Park > Ngorongoro Crater (B,L,D) Drive to the Ngorongoro Conservation area. On arrival at camp we will take a picnic lunch and then commence a game drive on the crater floor that shelters over 30,000 protected animals. We stand a good chance of seeing the Big 5 in one place!
Fri 04: Ngorongoro Crater > Serengeti National Park (B,L,D) Travel to central Serengeti National Park where we will enjoy an afternoon game drive, seeking out the resident wildebeest, lion, cheetah, leopard, hyena and wild dog. The Serengeti is only rivalled by the neighbouring Masai Mara for its natural beauty and the greatest concentration of plains game in the world.
Sat 05: Serengeti National Park (B,L,D) We will spend the full day in the park, with morning and afternoon game drives from our well-located camp.
Sun 06 – Mon 07: Serengeti National Park (B,L,D) Move north to spend two nights in a mobile camp located in the remote northern Serengeti. The location of the camp moves with the seasons to ensure the best chance of securing a prime viewing spot for the wildlife phenomenon – The Great Migration. The camp offers an authentic bush experience while still providing spacious accommodation with all of the luxuries and comforts of home.
Tue 08: Serengeti National Park – Masai Mara (B,L,D) Connect into the renowned Masai Mara National Reserve by flights, where we may be lucky to witness to the migration from the air! We spend the next three nights at andBeyond Kichwa Tembo Camp. Set on a private conservancy in the north of the Mara, we will have exclusive access to both the Kichwa Tembo concession and the neighbouring Masai Mara National Reserve.
Wed 09 Sep – Thu 10: Masai Mara (B,L,D) An optional balloon safari is available this morning (not included). Enjoy safaris with our guide by day and night game drives, as well as optional bush walks along the Mara River or Oloololo Escarpment. Spend your days in search of wildebeest, zebra, antelope and the predators that follow.
Fri 11: Masai Mara > Nairobi > Zanzibar (B,D) Fly via Nairobi to the exotic island paradise of Zanzibar. Spend three nights at our coastal resort, offering relaxation or plenty of activities for those who want to keep busy. A perfect ending to our safari.
Sat 12 – Sun 13: Zanzibar (B,D) During our stay we have a walking tour of Stone Town, exploring the small alleyways and spice markets. Spend the rest of your time relaxing; enjoy the pristine beaches and the facilities at our idyllic resort, or perhaps treat yourself with a spa treatment or massage. For those who enjoy diving or snorkelling, Zanzibar’s warm Indian Ocean waters are home to over 500 species of marine life!
Mon 14: Zanzibar > Doha (B) This morning is at leisure before our departure to the airport. Fly via Nairobi to Doha.
Tue 15: Doha > Auckland Short transit in Doha before our onward flight to Auckland.
Wed 16: Auckland Early morning arrival in Auckland.
GORILLA TREK OPTION (PRE-TOUR) – AUGUST 2020
Tue 25: Auckland > Doha Fly to Doha where you will spend 2 nights.
Wed 26: Doha (B) Enjoy a half day tour including a drive along the Doha Corniche, visit to the Museum of Islamic art, shopping for trinkets at the Souq Waqif, and finally a visit to the Golden Mosque. Remainder of today to rest and enjoy the hotel facilities.
Thu 27: Doha > Entebbe Fly to Entebbe where you are met on arrival and transferred to your centrally located hotel.
Fri 28: Entebbe > Kihihi > Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park (B,L,D) Flight to Kihihi and transfer to our comfortable lodge located in the Bwindi National Park, home to many of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas.
Sat 29: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park (B,L,D) Day at leisure today to enjoy the surrounding area. Choose from a number of optional activities on offer that are organised by our lodge including a forest work, community village visit or a cultural visit to the Batwa Pygmies community (additional costs apply).
Bwindi is a UNESCO World Heritage site and home to over 350 species of bird as well as the rare forest elephant, giant forest hog and about 11 kinds of primates, such as the red tailed and blue monkey, black and white colobus, baboons and chimpanzee.
Sun 30: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park (B,L,D) Today you will enjoy a full day trek to track one of the 8 habituated families of Mountain Gorillas that live on the slopes of the Virunga Volcanoes. Permits must be purchased well in advance and are included in the extension cost.
The journey, through dense foliage and up steep climbs, is rewarded with the lifetime experience of viewing mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. You will have an opportunity to be within mere metres of these magnificent apes, sharing in their daily lives and experiencing their day-to-day activities. Mountain gorillas are extremely rare with just over 1,000 remaining in the wild. This is an experience you won’t soon forget!
Mon 31: Bwindi > Entebbe > Kilimanjaro > Arusha (B) Flight to Kilimanjaro via Entebbe, and on arrival you will be transferred to Arusha where you will meet up with the rest of the main group for your safari!
- Economy class airfares ex Auckland
- Airline and airport taxes
- A World Journeys host (main tour)
- Local English speaking guides on Gorilla Trek option
- Accommodation in 4 and 5 star hotels, lodges and camps
- Transfers, sightseeing and entrance fees as per the itinerary
- Meals as indicated (B,L,D)
- National Park and concession fees
- Some beverages
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